Purchased by Massimo Ferragamo in 2003, Castiglion del Bosco, after major investment in the vineyards and winery, has been restored to its position as a leading Montalcino estate. Ferragamo also bought an 11 hectare estate, Prima Pietra, near Riparbella, north of Bolgeri in the Maremma. Locally trained oenologist, Cecilia Leoneschi, who has been working at the winery since 2003 oversees the vineyards and the cellar.
The grapes for Dainero are grown in a well-ventilated vineyard at 450 metres, with a constant breeze from the Mediterranean. Vines are Guyot trained and planted at a density of 9,600 vines per hectare. The soils are a mix of gravel and iron rich clay giving concentration to the wine.
The grapes are hand-picked and transported to Montalcino for vinification. The wine is fermented in stainless steel at 28° for 15 days. After fermentation, the wine is matured in French barriques, 30% new and 70% second passage, for six months before bottling. After bottling, the wine spends a further six months in bottle before release.
Striking ruby red in colour with excellent balance and finesse. This full-bodied, well-rounded wine releases intense notes of fruit and spice.
Serve with aubergine or mushroom dishes, lasagne or red meat dishes.
Serve at 16°C.
JamesSuckling.com: 92 POINTS
April 14, 2019
“Loads of primary fruit showing now, set very much in the essence-zone with cherry compote, violet perfume and blackberry purée. The palate shows good depth and composition, though, a firm layering of tannins carrying darkly spiced fruit long and vivid, thanks to refreshing acidity. Drink now.”
Riparbella, Toscana IGT